Save for Disney and Make Your Trip Stress Free!

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By Frances

A Disney vacation can be stressful before you ever set foot in the Orlando area. It can be a very expensive trip between airfare, lodging & food. You may choose to stay off property to save a few dollars but that too can add stress with making the shuttle in time, parking, etc.

Here is how my family saves for our Disney vacations.

Side Note: We are a mostly a cash family. We only put planned things on a credit card or for an emergency. Ex: We put our Disney reservation on  our Disney Visa because it’s 6 months same as cash.Disney Small World, It's a Small World after all, Fantasyland,

1) PLAN: Plan 6-9 months in advance. If you have a year… even better. (You can still use some of these tips even if you go in 1 month.) Disney gift cards don’t expire. They can be used online, at your local Disney store, on the Disney Cruise Line or at the Parks.

2) Purchase Gift Cards: When we go to the grocery store, we will pick up a $25 Disney gift card and add to the cart. At our grocery store we can also purchase gift cards for airlines, gas stations & restaurants. So depending if we fly or drive, we are covered. Plus we get reward points to save on gas while we are home. BONUS! We rarely miss the money on the gift cards but the gift cards add up quickly.

Disney Gift Card3) Gifts: Ask for Disney Gift cards for holidays & birthdays. Give them to your kids for rewards. The tooth fairy even hands out Disney Gift Cards at our home. It’s gotten to the point that our family will buy the kids a small toy for their birthday and then hand us a $50 Disney Gift Card. My mom says that she knows the gift card will make far more memories than the toy she just bought.

4) Get a dining plan: We have gone with and without a dining plan. We like the dining plan because we get what we want rather than the cheapest thing on the menu. It’s prepaid so we don’t have to come out of pocket 3 times a day or more (except for gratuity that we pay with the gift cards). We like the PLUS Dining Plan. It includes 1 table service, 1 quick service &  1 snack per person per night. We saved the receipts from our non dining plan trips and found out that we saved less than $100 on a week long trip. Ate some of the cheaper things on the menu and were stressed about money and having enough.Disney cast members, Disney parade, Disney parade schedule. Disney vacation planning

5) Stash Extra Money: We carry very little cash but sometimes I find myself with what seems like a million 1 dollar bills. I leave $5 in ones in my wallet but will stash the extras in a special hiding spots. We use them for tipping the Magical Express Driver, Valet, House Keeping, etc

6) Save Coins: All loose change goes into our piggy bank. Before we know it, there is $75-$250 in loose change. We’ve heard of people saving much more than that as well.

Money can really make your trip stressful. We have found that we usually have gift cards left over and we use those to book our next Disney Vacation.

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  1. C R Mountjoy says:

    Credit cards which give points for Disney add up over a short period of time (depends on how much you use c-cards). We remember back a few years ago, we used points from a Visa card and it gave us enough to cover meals for a whole week in Orlando. Totally agree on the dining plan idea. It saves you from having to plan meals because you know exactly what you have every day and it actually makes planning time in the parks and resorts more enjoyable as you can plan when and where you hope to be when it’s time to eat.

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